John L Stengl
1946 - 2021
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John L. Stengl, age 74, of Birnamwood, WI died on Monday, January 11 at the Aspirus Wausau Hospice House. He was born on November 21, 1946, in Antigo, WI a son of Elmer and Avis (Rusch) Stengl. He married Nancy Gralla on January 2, 1979, in Hawaii.

John was a graduate of Antigo High School, class of 1965. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point in 1970.

He taught biology and anatomy in Alaska at Kenai Central and Soldotna High Schools. He retired in 1993. He also coached girls basketball, cross country and track. He was a pilot and enjoyed flying to his favorite hunting, fishing and trapping spots.

He returned to Wisconsin in 1994 where he built a house on the family property. He enjoyed his time raising Christmas and walnut trees and building trails through the woods. In the past few years John developed a love for bluegill fishing from his kayak. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

In addition to his wife, Nancy, survivors include three children, Matthew Stengl of Superior, WI, Emily (Adam) Zalewski of Moncure, N.C. and Michael Stengl of Wausau, WI; two granddaughters, Adalyn and Hazel Zalewski; two sisters, Audrey Stengl of Dallas, TX and Jean (Dan) Wheeler of Antigo; and a brother-in-law, Gary Steele of Hancock, WI.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Ginger McDowell and Jennifer Steele.

No services will be held.

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Published in Peninsula Clarion on Jan. 15, 2021.
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February 4, 2021
Mr. Stengl was one of my all time favorite teachers. He was truly a gifted teacher. I never liked science until I had him as a teacher - I took anatomy my senior year as an unneeded elective just so I could have him as a teacher one more time. SoHi class of ‘86
Rhonda McCormick
Student
January 24, 2021
Mr. Stengl was one of my favorite teachers at SoHi. He made learning fun and he knew how to connect to high school students. I had him for Biology and Anatomy and I learned so much! I still remember: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species! (He told us that once we took his class, we would never forget that order and I never did!). I always wanted to thank him for being such an inspirational teacher. One of my favorite things about him was his easy smile.

My heart goes out to his wife and children, as I know this is a most difficult time in their lives.
Kim Bailey, SoHi '88
Student
January 23, 2021
Mr. Stengl was an amazing teacher and role model - his enthusiasm was obvious and contagious... I feel lucky to of been one of his students. My condolences to his friends and family.
Todd Roerig
KCHS ‘81
Todd Roerig
January 21, 2021
Mr. Stengl was a wonderful science teacher - I always enjoyed his classes. He had a magical way of making learning contagious fun. He always challenged us to do better and to think. I appreciate that. My condolences to his loved ones.
Jacqueline Wilson Bock ~ Class of '76 KCHS
Student
January 20, 2021
John was my absolute favorite teacher and human during my high school years in the late 70s. His enthusiasm was infectious. My sincerest condolences to his loved ones and friends.
Rene Edelman Azzara
Student
January 18, 2021
John was a warm, caring, active member of the Soldotna community. He was always helpful and kind, a great example for his students, and a loving family man. John will be remembered with fondness and respect by all of us.
Sharon Sauer
Friend
January 18, 2021
John was my Cross country running coach for three years at sohi. He was a great coach and always very kind to me. My condolences to the Stengel family.
Dale b Herrick class of 87
January 17, 2021
Thank you for your kindness to students and teachers. John was a great teacher and coach. I and worked with John at Soldotna High and my children were his students. He was a great influence on all.
Jay Sauer
Friend
January 16, 2021
As a teaching colleague of John, I was always impressed with his dedication and expertise to his students. He was a leader in early recycling and brought the same paper lunch sack to school for over two years. After flying across the inlet, John collected trash off the beach left by others. Students loved his classes, and he modeled his teaching.
My condolences to Nancy and his family.
LuAnn Reynolds
Coworker
January 14, 2021
So sorry to hear of your loss, Nancy and family.
Debbie Hepner
Acquaintance
January 14, 2021
My condolences to the family . May you find comfort in your treasured memories
and Gods promise to return our loved ones . 1st Thessalonians 4 : 13 & 14 .
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